• AP Language and Composition Summer Assignment 2021-2022

    Directions: There are 5 parts to the assignment. Please complete ALL parts by the assigned date (if there is no date, it is due at the start of our first class).1 Please make sure to read the endnotes for important links and information. If you have questions, please email Mr. Gill. 

    NOTE: Please join the 2021-2022 AP Language and Composition Google Classroom in order to turn in your work. 

    Part I: AP Exam Preview

      1. The AP Exam in May consists of a multiple choice section and three essays. Please familiarize yourself with each essay type in advance by doing the following:
        1. Read through the essay prompts for the 2018 AP Exam HERE.
    • For each, write a thesis statement that would answer the prompt.
      1. Then, for each essay, read the 4 sample student essays listed below and study the AP scoring rubric
        1. Essay #1: I, B, F, G
        2. Essay #2: H, A, G, E
        3. Essay #3: C, I, A, F
      2. Then, score the 12 total essays for each of the 3 categories, and explain in ~1 sentence each why each essay earned each value. So ~3 sentences per essay (1 for thesis, 1 for development, 1 for sophistication). 
    1. You will use this information to better understand and complete the work below, which in turn will inform your work all year in class.

    Part II: Rhetorical Analysis Terms

    1. Learn the following 23 words beyond simply memorizing them. Know them so well that you can identify them in writing and/or use them effectively in your own work. Use THIS QUIZLET to help.

    2. Diction: Word choice.
    3. Appositive: A word or phrase that renames a nearby noun/pronoun.
    4. Juxtaposition: Placement of two things side by side for emphasis.
    5. Parallelism: The repetition of similar grammatical or syntactical patterns. A list.
    6. Antithesis: Parallel structure that juxtaposes contrasting ideas.
    7. Analogy: An extended comparison between two seemingly dissimilar things. 
    8. Anaphora: The repetition of words at the beginning of successive clauses or sentences. 
    9. Ethos: An appeal to character (trustworthiness/honor). 
    10. Ellipsis: The omission of a word or words that are superfluous or able to be understood from context. 
    11. Polysyndeton: The deliberate use of a series of conjunctions. 
    12. Chiasmus: The repetition of words in an inverted order to sharpen a contrast.
    13. Allusion: An indirect reference, often to another text or an historic event. 
    14. Repetition: Purposeful use of a word, phrase, clause, idea, image, etc. more than once.
    15. Pathos: An appeal to emotion. 
    16. Anecdote: A short account of an interesting event. 
    17. Metonymy: Use of an aspect of something to represent the whole.
    18. Hyperbole: Exaggeration for the purpose of emphasis.
    19. Metaphor: A figure of speech through which one thing is spoken of as though it were something else, thus making an implicit comparison.
    20. Personification: Assigning lifelike characteristics to inanimate objects.
    21. Tone: The speaker’s attitude toward the subject or audience.
    22. Asyndeton: Leaving out conjunctions between words, phrases, clauses.
    23. Synecdoche: A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa.
    24. Logos: An appeal to logic.

    Part III: Narrative Nonfiction Analysis

    1. Read Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.2 As you read, for each chapter, make at least 1 dialectical journal entry, and a total of 13 entries (so some chapters will need more than 1 entry). Please see the linked directions.
      1. In each entry, make sure to include at least one literary or rhetorical device notation for different devices that you feel connect directly to your entry.  
        1. You must use at least 10 different terms from the list above over the course of all entries.
      2. These will be turned into Classroom by the following dates. If you fail to turn in the assignment on time, it MUST be turned in NO LATER THAN the next due date, or you will be removed from the course; two late submissions will also cause removal. 
        1. S, July 18: Chs. 1-2
        2. S, August 1: Chs. 3-4
        3. S, August 15: Chs. 5-6
        4. S, August 29: Chs. 7-8
        5. Finished before the first day of class (T, 9/7): Chs. 9-11

    Part IV: Synthesis

      1. Your task will be to survey current events, issues, and culture and begin to engage with the ongoing discussions surrounding them. In order to do so, the first step is to start reading the newspaper.
      2. Pick a major newspaper3 and find the Opinion section.4
      3. Focus on THREE different, major news topics. This could be a single major event, an ongoing issue, a trend or element of popular culture, or anything else that spends time in the news this summer.
        1. For each news item, you must find and read THREE different opinion pieces from that newspaper that focus on it (these don’t have to be from the same day).
        2. Complete a SOAPSTone graphic organizer for each article, including the full citation of the article in MLA format
        3. Then, complete the linked graphic organizer in order to synthesize the information and arguments from the three articles. Your goal is to focus on a NEW, larger argument based on the commonality among the three. What do all three articles combine to argue/reveal/uncover/etc?
      1. Turn one news item (the three SOAPSTones and outline in one doc) into Classroom on each of the following dates 
    • Sunday, July 25
    • Sunday, August 8
    • Sunday, August 22

    Part V: Letter to Me

    1. Complete the Letter to Me assignment and share it with me NO LATER THAN Sunday, August 1st.


    1. NOTE: DO NOT work with another student, search for answers, or in any other way receive outside help; this would constitute plagiarism. Refer to page 37 of the Parent/Student Handbook for MRHS’s Honor Code policy: MRHS Student/Parent Handbook
    2. Any version of the text is acceptable.
    3. Some possible newspaper sources can be found at: The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune. NOTE: Smaller papers such as the Cape Cod Times will not work.
    4. Important Note : The New York Times and most newspaper websites will limit the number of articles you can read freely per month. If you need to view/read more articles than that, you can try a few options: 1) go to the Monomoy Library and access the Gale database. Once you sign in, you can access both the New York Times and the Boston Globe; 2) use incognito mode to access the articles and it might let you in. 3) Use your local library to access the newspapers 4) Go to the website and select the article you’d like to read. Highlight and copy the title of the article. Next, go to Google and search for the title of the article and keyword “New York Times.” Google should bring you directly to the text of the article, bypassing the NY Times’ firewall.